Holiday Seasonal Catalog is here!

handmade Christmas card created with the Snowflake Card Thinlit

It’s not too soon to be starting to make your Christmas cards and the Holiday Seasonal catalog has wonderful stamp sets and supplies with which to make them. The best news is that you can order from the catalog beginning tomorrow, Aug 28! What? You don’t have one? Well I’d be delighted to send you one for FREE. Email me with your phone number and best time to call you so we can have a conversation about how you can get one totally free from me.

Do you love the label card and circle card thinlits? Then you will be excited as I am to see this Snowflake card thinlit in the new catalog! It even has the thinlits to cut out snowflakes. And to make it even sweeter, the thinlits will cut the Glimmer paper! Yay!

This Snowflake card thinlit is part of the All Is Calm Suite which has beautiful designer series paper, coordinating stamp sets, and embellishments. Check out this suite on pgs 20 – 23 in the Holiday Seasonal Catalog.

The supplies needed for this card are below. Click on the links to order them through my online store.

Terrific Tuesday – New Weekly Deals

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals imageWelcome to Terrific Tuesday. For some families in the U.S., today is a terrific Tuesday because the kids are going back to school. For stampers and paper crafters, Tuesdays are terrific because we get new terrific deals from Stampin’ Up! and the deals this week are no exception. Check them out. Some of the deals can help you save money on your supply of embellishments and some may be items you have wanted to purchase but haven’t done so. After checking them out, click on the images of your favorites to go to my online store to order them.

MDS Monday – Using Overlays

Digital birthday card using a  Natural Composition OverlayHere is my version of the MDS Monday 79 challenge to use an overlay on our projects. When I saw this beautiful floral lace overlay in my files, I decided to create a feminine birthday card. Our sketch looks like this

sketch for MDS Monday 79 challengeI didn’t want to cover up the beautiful lace so I kept the elements rather small. I substituted the greeting on a tag for the photo on the right and flowers for the other photos. While the leaves aren’t in the sketch, I just had to add them. The tag is colored Whisper White but it was so strong a color in contrast to the flowers that I decreased the opacity to 60% and got just the right color.

Have you tried My Digital Studio yet? It is a fun way to create cards, scrapbook pages, and 3-D items using MDS. Here are some of the benefits of this program:

  • You have a complete paper-crafting room in the amount of space of your computer and maybe a printer. All you need to add is cardstock, scissors, and adhesive if you want to make hybrid and 3-D projects.
  • Getting set up to create is just a matter of opening the program on your computer. There is no gathering supplies.
  • When you try something and it doesn’t look right, all you have to do it delete it and begin again or change out a greeting or designer series paper. There is no wasted paper.
  • MDS downloads do not retire so the ones you buy are available as long as you have the program. This means that if you are also a traditional stamper, you can print out the digital version of some of the designer series papers when you run out and you can print out just the patterns you like. Again, no waste of having papers you don’t like lying around.
  • If you are into digital photography like so many of us, your photos are stored on your computer. By designing digital scrapbook pages with MDS, you save the steps of printing out your photo and then cropping it before you can scrap it. MDS even allows you to enlarge and shrink your photos to fit you need.
  • Stampin’ Up! has an excellent printer who calibrates their inks so that your scrapbook pages and cards come back from the printer with colors that match the ribbon and embellishments you have on hand. This makes hybrid pages so easy!
  • Finally, when you are finished working on your project or have to quit, there is no clean up. All you have to do is save your project and close out the program.

Have I convinced you to give MDS a try? It is not difficult to learn and I am happy to help you get started. You have three ways to order it, with a digital download, a software disc, or even try it for 30 days for FREE. Click on one of the links below to order through my online store.

Supplies used:
MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910)
Card Stock/Very Vanilla
Festive Blooms (131327) – whisper white 2 and 5
Bright Blooms (130876) – melon mambo 5
Natural Composition Overlays (130855) – 12, Color = STRAWBERRY SLUSH 239,79,117
Elementary Elegance – happy birthday, Color = 0,0,0
Spring to Life Kit (133026) – leaves 2, Color = MOSSY MEADOW 109,108,46
Convention 2012 Photobook Template (130971) – curvy square frame punch, Fill Color = 230,WATERMARK 255,255,255

You Too Can Love Your Work!

Sign up as a demonstrator on my team this week and get an additional $25 worth of products in your starter kitAre you stuck in a job you really don’t like? Do you wish you could choose your own work schedule? Do you wish that your hard work would be rewarded with increased income, incentive trips, bonuses, and free product? Would you really like to be having fun while you work?

Then you need to consider joining my team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. Being crafty is not a requirement. I and lots of other demonstrators will happily share our creativity and you can just copy what we do. By joining my team, you get not only business support but also my warm, friendly, and cheerful style of leading and encouragement.

You need to act quickly though. This week, Aug 21 – 28 only, you will get an additional $25 worth of stamping product for free when you order your starter kit for $99. Interested but have questions? Give me an email with your phone number and best time to call you. I will love to visit with you about the opportunity! You can also find out more by checking out the links on this page of my Stampin’ Up! web page. Then call me with any questions you may have. Hurry though because your decision needs to be made and your starter kit ordered by Aug 28!

Big Shot Special Winding Down

August Big Shot specialHey, it’s Thursday and you have just a little over a week to take advantage of this special. Purchasing my Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine was one of the very best purchases I have made for my stamping addiction. Yep…it is an addiction. I can’t imagine what life before stamping was like! :o) But I digress.

Maybe you are like me and can’t see how you would use a Big Shot enough to invest in one. Well, let me tell you…there is hardly a card I create that doesn’t involve using the Big Shot in one way or another. And…if you are a traditional scrapbooker, it is a necessity for cutting out letters and embellishments for scrapbook pages. With the advent of framelits and designing framelits to cut out images of a specific stamp set, hand-cutting out flowers and such is a thing of the past. Such a time saver!

The good news is that when you purchase a Big Shot from me at the regular price, Stampin’ Up! is giving you the option of purchasing an exclusive framelit/stamp set bundle for 15 % off. You say you already have a Big Shot? Well, you can still purchase these exclusive bundles at a 15% savings. But only through Aug 31. So visit my online store to learn more about the special and place your order. If you prefer, you can email me your order or call me with it.

When you click on the link, you will see two other specials going on right now. Check them out as well. The Short and Sweet special is only for one week so be sure to check it out.

Weekly Deals for Week Beginning 8-19

handmade card using the square framelits, elegant butterfly punch and honeycomb embossing folderI created this card to feature some of the items that are in this week’s Weekly Deals. One of the items is the Squares Collection Framelits (130921). To get a scalloped edge card like this, cut a piece of 11″ x 4 1/4″ cardstock. Fold it in half. Then place the scalloped square framelit so that the fold is inside one of the edges of the framelit. Then run it through the Big Shot. This makes a 4″ x 4 1/2″ card.

I learned the background from my friend Margaret Raburn. I sponged Crisp Cantaloupe, Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Twist, and Mossy Meadow ink onto the embossing folder. Then I misted it with water, placed my cardstock on it and ran the embossing folder through the Big Shot. The greeting is from the An Open Heart Stamp set. Tiny rhinestones add glitz to the butterflies. Click on the images below for more details and to order the An Open Heart stamp set.

On to the Weekly Deals…

MDS Monday – Map It Out

I love to play along with MDS Monday and follow their challenges. This week’s challenge is to use a map on our project. Here is the sketch

map sketch for MDSM78 challengeand here is my version

digital scrapbook page using a map as a background and incorporating 14 picturesI love that the sketch has so many photos on it. This allowed me to put a whole year worth of photos from our granddaughter’s freshman year at college. I did a screen capture of a map of the area where her college is located near Boston and saved it as a jpeg. Then I added a square punch and resized it to 12″ x 12″ and photo filled the punch. I decreased the opacity to about 70% so that the colors of the map wouldn’t conflict with the photos. The smaller photos are 2″ x 2″ square punches also filled with photos. Instead of tags on the corners of the larger photos, I added antique brads (122164) to ‘hold the photos in place’. Minimal supplies are needed to create a page like this. The square punch and arrow come with the MDS software.

Now it’s your turn. Visit the MDS Monday website for the details of the challenge and get to creating. Then upload your project to their site. If you do, please leave me a message so I will be sure to check it out.

Work of Art – Christmas card

handmade Christmas card created with Work of Art stamp setI think this Christmas card will be the last card I share using the Work of Art stamp set (wood – 134111, clear – 134114). To see the previous ones I have shared click here, herehere and here. I also used stamps from the new photopolymer sets White Christmas (135767) and Wondrous Wreath (135047) which you will be able to order from the Holiday catalog beginning Aug 28.

Although the photo does not show it well, the layer behind to scene is Gold Foil Sheets (132622). I also punched the star from the gold foil sheet using the star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (133787).

Now that you have seen the variety of cards that can be created using the Work of Art stamp set, are you ready to order one for yourself? Just click on the links below to order the supplies I used for this card.

Work of Art Card #4

Ready for another example of a card created with Work of Art (wood – 134111, clear – 134114)? Here you go!

Handmade card using the chevron pattern of the Work of Art stamp setThis time I repeatedly stamped the chevron image on Soft Sky cardstock with Baked Brown Sugar ink. I punched the hearts out of Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock with the new Sweetheart Punch (133786) and the little heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (133787). The greeting is from the Honeycomb Hello stamp set (wood – 134075, clear – 134078). The Honeycomb Hello set has perfectly-sized greetings to fit on punched shapes and is therefore so useful. You can find other samples on these earlier posts here, here, and here. Stay tuned for my last sample.

To order the supplies for this card, click on the links below.

Terrific Tuesday – New MDS Downloads

digital birthday card using Lullaby digital designer series paper and Age Awareness stamp brush set

Welcome to this week’s Terrific Tuesday! Somehow, I totally missed the new downloads last week! I apologize. Usually demonstrators get notification of new downloads but I now see that at the top of the new download page it says to check the first week of every month for new downloads. So…if I forget to do a blog post about them during the first week of a month, you can check them out for yourself in my online store by clicking on Shop Now, then Digital Downloads on the left side of the page and then click on ‘newest downloads’.

My favorite designer series paper in the annual catalog is Lullaby (133695) and now it is in  digital form , Lullaby Designer Series Paper digital download (138112)! This and Age Awareness stamp brush set (138111) are two of this month’s new downloads. So I created this card from elements in these downloads.

Check out the new downloads below and click on their links for more information and to order them.